Reckless driving is one of the most common factors in the more than 6 million, and it claims thousands of lives every year, and injures millions more. Earlier this week, the head-on collision of two cars in a suburban neighborhood killed both drivers, and injured two others.
Kane County Police reports indicate that shortly before the fatal accident, the driver of the stolen Nissan Altima had also been involved in a minor hit-and run before her erratic behavior caught the attention of a local Sheriff’s deputy. Upon attempting to pull the woman over, she fled at high speeds, with local bystanders reporting speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, at which time the deputy ended his pursuit.
Not long after, while still travelling at speeds well in excess of the posted speed limit, the stolen Nissan hit a Maple Park teen’s Pontiac Grand Am head-on. Before the wreckage had settled, two other cars had been caught in the wreck. The Woman driving the Nissan was declared dead at the scene shortly after authorities arrived.
First responders airlifted the Pontiac’s driver to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was later also declared dead. A woman in the teen’s car, and a passenger in another car were injured, and both were taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. A later press release revealed that in addition to driving a stolen car, the Nissans driver also had a suspended license due to previous offenses. (Chicago Tribune)
This accident serves as a tragic example of how much damage one reckless driver can cause. Because of this driver’s actions two people may have to live with the repercussions of serious injuries for the rest of their life, and one family will have to deal with the crushing loss of a loved one.
3 million people are injured every year in car accidents through out America, and 40,000 lose their lives. Reckless drivers alone are responsible for more than one million of these car accident injuries. In addition to the emotional burden of having a loved one killed or injured, these accidents often force families to shoulder huge financial burdens, with the estimated costs associated with traffic accidents totaling almost $250 Billion. (National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration)
At Levin & Perconti, our lawyers spend our careers serving families who have experiences injuries and loss. Recently, our attorney’s reached a $820,000 settlement for a 33-year old passenger injured in a car that flipped after being hit by a reckless driver. This money helped our client cover the extensive surgeries required to return her life to normal, and provided compensation for the trauma she experienced.
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